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Cassette tape sales are booming as music lovers go retro

Who needs MP3s when you’ve got cassette tapes? According to the Nielsen Media Research Music Year-End Report for 2017, sales of tapes rose another 35 percent in the US last year, with a total of 174,000 units shifted. That’s the best year for cassettes since 2012. The uptick, which follows another strong rise in cassette tape sales in 2016, is mainly down to the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy and Stranger Things leading a retro revival and sparking renewed…

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DevOps accelerates, requiring new leadership styles

It’s clear that DevOps initiatives are now underway at a majority of organizations — and the time is ripe for leaders to step forward and take things to the next level. Photo: Joe McKendrick A recent survey of 244 IT professionals from DBMaestro finds the majority (55%) are already using DevOps in at least 20% of their projects. At least one-third, 33%, are going even deeper — using DevOps in more than half of their projects. There is some progress…

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CES 2018 preview video: closing in on the Las Vegas convention

CES 2018 preview announcements begin in the next 24 hours, and we’re almost to Las Vegas for the big expo. We’ve passed through Memphis, taking a bit of a detour, as you can see through Episode 2 of our cross-country road trip video. Wait, did you miss Episode 1 our our CES preview road trip? Don’t worry, it’s way better than Episode 1: Phantom Menace. We swear.  What’s in our CES 2018 gear bag Most importantly, you’re probably wondering what…

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Amazon releases Alexa developer kit for wearable devices

Image: CNET Amazon on Friday introduced the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit, enabling device manufacturers to add Alexa to wearables like headphones, smart watches, hearables, and fitness devices. Previous toolkits for developers focused on Wi-Fi to connect with Alexa Voice Services, and not Bluetooth utilized by most wearables to tether with a smartphone. While developers could use a bulkier AVS Device SDK to put Alexa on wearables, they can now skip a lot of coding with the new toolkit that is…

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Acer Swift 7 gets thinner, beefs up battery life

Over at CES 2018, Acer has revealed an even thinner Swift 7 Ultrabook, as well as announcing the availability of a new spin on the Switch 7. The Swift 7 was already incredibly thin and light, but Acer has slimmed it down from just over 10mm to an exceptionally trim 8.98mm. The ultra slim Ultrabook will stick with last generation Kaby Lake Core i7 processor, but its Full HD display has increased in size from 13.3-inch to 14-inch. This time…

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Singapore reviews move to introduce legislation against fake news

Singapore is considering plans to set up a special ministerial committee to assess the impact of “online falsehoods” and recommend how it should respond, potentially backtracking on a previous proposal to introduce legislation. The country’s Ministry of Communications and Information and Ministry of Law released a “green paper” detailing the need to establish a “select committee”, comprising several MPs. This would be presented in parliament on January 10, which then would decide on whether one should be created to “study…

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The future of our technology and our planet depends on one thing: the battery

Most of us are running on empty. Since the mobile phone spawned a smartphone-first world, we’ve all been tending to the needs of batteries. The daily or nightly charge of the smartphone is the most prevalent, but laptops, tablets, drones, wireless headphones, smartwatches and other wearable devices are becoming more common. We are constantly recharging batteries, there are some attempts to create fast-charging batteries and, of course, a new generation of wireless charging devices, but they’re just about convenience. With…

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Verizon acquires Niddel for threat detection with machine learning

Verizon on Friday said it acquired privately-held company Niddel to boost its security detection and response for enterprise customers. Founded in 2014, Niddel hunts threats with machine learning, identifying potentially infected or compromised machines in an organization’s network. Verizon didn’t disclose terms of the deal. The carrier said Niddel’s technology and services will “soon” be integrated into its current enterprise offerings. “Using machine learning to improve information accuracy significantly reduces false positives and significantly improves our detection and response capabilities,”…

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How to attend CES 2018 in style: TechRadar cross-country – Day 5 in Texas

TechRadar is going to CES 2018, and that really isn’t news. How we’re doing it, however, is rather extraordinary: Nick Pino and Matt Swider are taking an epic, week-long road trip to attend CES, and we’re bringing a bunch of gadgets to test along the way. Future’s brand new New York City office was the official starting line. We won’t be at the CES finish line for seven whole days, with stops in Washington D.C.; Knoxville, Tennessee; Memphis, Tennessee (it’s…

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The best basic phones of 2018: Feature phone reviews & buying advice

Need a basic feature phone, Android phone or Windows Phone? We round up the 8 best smartphones under £50 you can buy in the UK in 2018. If you’re looking for a low-cost smartphone, we have smartphone charts covering the best budget phones and the best cheap 4G phones. But not everyone needs the best or the most expensive. For many people, a truly basic phone that can maybe get them online but allow them to make calls and texts is all they need. Older readers will remember these were…

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IBM appoints new president for Brazil operation

IBM has promoted company veteran Tonny Martins to take over as president for its Brazil operations. Martins had been leading the Big Blue’s Mexico office since 2016, leading the local adoption of Watson in the healthcare sector and blockchain in insurance. The executive takes over the Brazil operations at a time IBM considers to be crucial in terms of local adoption of artificial intelligence, cloud and security products. “I could not be more excited to take over the company at…

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The best VPNs for DD-WRT routers in 2018

DD-WRT has been delighting many folks ever since it first emerged in 2005. The Linux-based open source firmware for routers is the weapon of choice for people who want to get more out of their hardware in terms of performance and versatility than their stock firmware will allow. Built with not-quite-so-technical users in mind, DD-WRT supports a wide range of devices, making it an increasingly popular choice among the denizens of the net. One of the most obvious reasons why…

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List of Mac viruses, malware and security flaws

Despite Apple’s best efforts, Mac malware does exist, we describe some cases below. However, before you panic, Mac malware and viruses are very rarely found “in the wild”. From time to time you will hear of big profile trojans, malware, and ransomware that is targetting the Windows world, very rarely is this a threat to Macs. For example, the WannaCry/WannaCrypt ransomware that bought the NHS to its knees in May 2017 was only targetting Windows machines and therefore no threat…

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How to Watch Sony CES 2018 Press Conference Live Stream

2018 is kicking off with CES 2018 in Las Vegas, one of the biggest consumer technology shows in the world. Featuring big-name companies like Nvidia, Sony, Samsung and more, it’s hard to keep track of what’s announced – but we’re here to help. Check out our CES 2018 guide to find out what’s likely to be announced by every major tech brand at the show, including Samsung, LG, and more. Sony’s big press conference is on January 8 – here’s…

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Best Kodi add-ons of 2018: Plex, Phoenix & other great add-ons for Kodi

Those building a home media centre from a desktop PC or laptop have often turned to XBMC as the interface of choice. There are many reasons for this – it’s free, well supported, and easy to setup. Back in August 2014 the name XBMC was dropped in favour of Kodi, and since then it’s gone from strength to strength with the development community releasing a number of add-ons that extend the power of the system. It’s even now available for…

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Apple confirms iPhone, Mac affected by Meltdown-Spectre vulnerabilities

Apple has issued a statement regarding the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, confirming all Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but saying there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time. Apple, like Microsoft, has urged users to download software only from trusted sources, such as the App Store. The iPhone maker has already released mitigations in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2 to help defend against Meltdown, and confirmed on Thursday the Apple Watch is not affected…

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